My Table is Spread: My sister and I went to see women we love in assisted-living residences. We didn't expect the sense of what is right and wrong with their care.
My Table Is Spread
Just a year after the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration fled the Waldo Canyon fire threatening their mountain convent outside Colorado Springs, Colo., they are home and celebrating. On March 27, Pope Francis recognized a miracle attributed to their founder, Mother Maria Theresia Bonzel, paving the way for her beatification Nov. 10. Her cause marks a series of firsts: Bonzel was one of those named in Francis' first act as pope concerning the causes of saints. The miracle associated with Bonzel is the first Vatican-investigated and -approved miracle in Colorado Springs.
St. Mary's Basilica in Phoenix anchors one end of a treed plaza. The Diocesan Pastoral Center anchors the other. A large, tiled fountain sits in the middle. On the Sunday after the Boston Marathon bombing, my husband and I went to Mass at the pastoral center. As we drove up, we saw signs announcing a Sikh festival. Long tables were set up. The smell of fried chickpeas and grilled naan filled the air. Children climbed on the fountain and played in the water. Men in turbans and women in gauzy saris waved to us, offering cold water and hot food.
My Table is Spread: Most advice we give graduates today is economic. Where is faith in these commencement speeches?
My Table is Spread: If we believe Jesus rose from the dead, then we must believe in zombies. Right?
My Table is Spread: The Tsarnaev brothers accused of the Boston bombings do not represent a certain type of people.
My Table is Spread: If we do not hold the middle, we are headed for a moral conclusion that could be tragic.
My Table is Spread: Erma Gorwoda taught her friends and family how to live; now she is teaching them how to die after a life full of love.
My Table is Spread: Jesus' birth was followed by the deaths of infant boys, deaths Jesus had to have known about.
My Table is Spread: If you want to know what it's like to be an American woman, try having surgery and parasites, then watch the envious expressions on other female faces.